The Eagle Bioscience’s Folic Acid ELISA Assay Kit Highlighted in a recent study! The study was conducted to assess the disruption in nutritional attributes of Capsicum annuum by five different microplastic (MP) types. Check out the abstract and full text below.


This study was executed to assess the disruption in nutritional attributes of Capsicum annuum by five different microplastic (MP) types i.e. polyvinylchloride (PVC), polystyrene (PS), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Significant (P ≤ 0.05) differences were recorded among traits of C. annuum fruit concerning the type of MPs. PVC was more hazardous than the other MPs and depleted maximum protein content. Likewise, HDPE exerted a 51.62% reduction in carbohydrates compared to the control. Vitamin-A (-32.09%) and vitamin-B6 (-37%) were severely influenced by the PVC in C. annuum fruit. HDPE and PVC both declined the oleic acid contents. PVC caused a 47.6% reduction in linoleic acid while the least damaging was the PET (4.71%) for this attribute. Palmitic acid and stearic acid were however more negatively affected by the HDPE. The PVC and HDPE severely degraded the total flavonoid contents and phenolics. Macro and micronutrients of C. annuum fruit were also negatively influenced by all the five MPs used in this study. HDPE, PVC and LDPE, respectively caused significant repression in Ca, K, Mg and Zn (P ≤ 0.05). Overall, HDPE and PVC caused significant damage and decreased nutritional contents. This is, so far, the premier study unraveling the changes in the nutrition of C. annuum fruits due to MPs. Accordingly, further research is highly recommended on the changes caused by MPs in the nutritional value of food crops.

Khadiga Alharbi, Muhammad Aqeel, Noreen Khalid, Atia Nazir, Muhammad Kashif Irshad, Fahad Mohammed Alzuaibr, Haifa AbdulAziz Sakit AlHaithloul, Noreen Akhter, Omar Mahmoud Al-Zoubi, Muhammad Qasim, Khalid M.Al Syaad, Manal Abdullah AlShaqhaa, Ali Noman. Microplastics in soil differentially interfere with nutritional aspects of chilli peppers. South African Journal of Botany. Volume 160. 2023. Pages 402-413. ISSN 0254-6299,

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